Law enforcement officials recently indicted three people for trafficking weapons between Georgia and New York. The charges were brought by a New York prosecutor against a Long Island couple and a Georgia man for criminal sale of a firearm and criminal possession of a weapon.
Recently, police in New Springville, New York, recovered a .38 caliber revolver, illegal drugs, and measuring equipment used for the sale and manufacture of drugs during a police raid on a local home. Police arrested three people, a 28-year old woman, a 22-year old woman, and a man.
Police in Riverhead are searching for two men that allegedly fired shots at a local home and attempted to break into it. This potentially violent crime was reported to the police by the house's residents, which included two adults, a 15 year-old boy, a twelve-year old boy, and a five-year old girl. They reported that an armed man had broken into the home. Police officers later observed shell casings near the home, and the residents stated that the two men fled on foot before the police arrived. The perpetrators were described as two black men wearing masks who were allegedly armed with an undescribed type of gun. No injuries were reported from the incident, and police are still attempting to apprehend the perpetrators.
Recently, law enforcement officials in New York have accused street gangs in New York City of using new tactics in concealing the ownership of weapons to evade detection. They are reportedly using "community guns," where the gang members do not actually own the weapon but have access to it to commit violent crimes.
Police in New York City recently arrested a 35-year-old Queens man for allegedly pulling out a gun while in line to get gas. The alleged violent crime occurred in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, which prevented the delivery of fuel to the affected area, leading to gas shortages. The man had allegedly tried to cut in line and pointed a gun at another motorist who had complained about his behavior. Authorities arrested the man and charged him with menacing and criminal possession of a weapon. If convicted, he could face up to 15 years in prison.
In the aftermath of the recent high-profile shootings, a series of five bills introduced in the New York State Senate would make New York into the state with the toughest gun control laws in the country. The new laws are intended as a response to the recent uptick in violent crimes.
The Violence Against Women Act has been a major issue lately in New York and throughout the country. The reauthorization of the bill was recently approved by the U.S. Senate, and Senator Charles Schumer from New York called on members of the House of Representatives to also pass the legislation.
A host of a popular morning talk show in New York was recently cleared of possible wrongdoing after prosecutors reviewed the evidence in the case and deemed the facts insufficient to file criminal charges. The man was cleared of the charge that he raped a woman in a lower Manhattan office building after the two had gone out for drinks. The woman claimed that she had not been capable of consenting to sex. However, the prosecutors said the determined facts of the case did not "fit the definitions of sexual assault crimes under New York criminal law."